No. 1 'Party School' Named
Friday, September 13, 1996
- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State University is national
champion, but not in football.
- FSU was named the No. 1 party school in the country by the Princeton
Review's ``Advantage Guide to the Best 310 Colleges.''
- And to delight the hearts of Seminoles all the more, the book ranked
archrival University of Florida No. 3.
- ``Oh, that's good,'' said Tom Guillot, a 22-year-old junior at FSU.
``We beat 'em again. We beat 'em in everything.''
- FSU dethroned three-time champion University of Rhode Island, which
failed to finish in the top 10 after banning alcohol on campus last year.
George Washington University in Washington was No. 2.
- FSU, which won college football's national championship in the 1993
season, was ranked fourth in the guide's first edition, and then came in
second three years in a row behind Rhode Island.
- This is the first year it came in No. 1.
- ``That doesn't surprise me,'' said Calista Moser, a 21-year-old FSU
music major, upon learning of the ranking. ``Where did we come in in
academics? No. 350?''
- FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte said he assumed the list had destroyed
the school's academic reputation before he took the time to read the
- ``If you read the whole thing, it's really not all bad,'' he said,
pointing out the guide's remarks about the friendly atmosphere, good
climate and ``bargain-basement'' tuition.
- The Princeton Review, the New Jersey company that provides test
preparation classes (and is not affiliated with Princeton University),
annually publishes the guide to colleges for high-school seniors. Its
party-school ranking was based on a survey of 56,000 students at the 310
- The guide doesn't list the ``worst'' party schools but does identify
the top ``stone-cold sober'' schools. Deep Springs College in Dyer, Nev.,
heads the list, followed by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and
the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
- The survey also produced rankings labeled ``Great food,'' (Deep
Springs College was No. 1); ``Dorms like palaces,'' (Agnes Scott College);
``School runs like butter'' (U.S. Military Academy); and ``Future
Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution'' (Brigham Young
- The ``Party School'' rating was based on ``a combination of survey
questions concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study each
day, and the popularity of the Greek system.''
- ``I think it's accurate,'' said Guillot of the book's rating.
``There's always a party to go to. There are lots of bars.''
Copyright 1997 The Associated Press
- The Princeton Review for 1999
places Florida State University as follows:
- #9 Students (almost) never study
- #18 Teaching Assistants teach too many upper-level courses
- #12 Dorms like dungeons
- #8 Students pack the stadiums
- #3 Lots of hard liquor
- #6 Party schools
- #15 Jock schools
- By comparison, it places the University of Florida as follows:
- #3 Students almost never study
- #10 College newspaper gets read
- #13 Lots of hard liquor
- #3 party schools
- #9 Jock schools
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